As a Chinese/American, lot of the dishes and recipes in this book are so outrageously gimmicky. It only makes me wonder whether the patrons would have to go to Burger King or all-you-can-eat buffet joint to fill up the empty stomach after dined in her restaurant. By using so many and so much "star anise" and "peppercorn" in almost every dish is something that I'd never try and never want to eat! If you could call most of these dishes as innovative Chinese Cuisine you must be crazy, because it should just be called "int'l or whatever-you-name-it cuisine", or more French than Chinese? Yeah, just eat the decoration and presentation and pay rip-off prices. If you could mix up all the ingredients--the Kosher, Mexican, French, Greek, Italian, Russian....besides the Chinese-- you could find in America's supermarket and make them into crazy recipes as many and as bold as you could imagine, you just cannot call them Chinese cuisine anymore, it's a mixture and bastard kind of food but definitely not Chinese! Furthermore, if any ingrdient could be randomly mixed together, why you still need a recipes book like this one?! Just use your imagination and get all the ingredients in your local supermarket, then you might invent more crazy stuff. All I could suggest is that you never eat anything that needed to be (re)arranged on the plate by hands(fingers) in the kitchen, i.e., beware the cross contamination! Don't eat anything in any Cafe or restaurant that has to be made by the waiter or waitress who, after they takes order from you. Their hands are so dirty since they have to do lot of side works, collecting other tables' soiled dishes, handling dirty paper money and making changes.